The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 17, 2013

West Stanly volleyball tops Mount Pleasant for 2013 RRC tournament title

By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 — Entering this season, the West Stanly varsity volleyball squad and first-year head coach LaRhonda Watkins had the task of defending the Rocky River Conference championship that the Colts had won in 2012.

After suffering several early non-conference losses, the Colts rallied in Rocky River Conference play. West won eight of 10 RRC matches, finishing a game behind Mount Pleasant for the regular-season title.

West split its regular-season games with the Tigers, then took the floor at Mount Pleasant on Wednesday night in the finals of the RRC tournament.

In front of a huge partisan crowd, the Colts charged out of the gate and earned a 3-1 win over Mount, taking the tournament championship.

Scores of the match were 25-11, 25-20, 21-25 and 25-23 in favor of West Stanly (14-7).

Watkins described the match on Wednesday as a “barnburner,” adding that her squad “played with such passion. I am so proud of them.”

Camden Fraley led the Colts with 21 kills, while Courtney Grant added 20 kills and Meredith Summers had 19 kills.

Cat Morgan led West with 20 assists and Hailey Ulrick added 19 assists, and Meg Ball had a personal-high this season with 61 digs.

West also got single blocks in the game from Grant, Camden Fraley and Brooke McIlwaine.

“Our season at the beginning was a rocky start for the players and coaches; they were learning to buy into our coaching style,” Watkins said regarding herself and assistant coach Jessica Huneycutt.

“In the middle of the season, our records and our statistics proved that we turned this around. The girls put their minds into it and it paid off.”